The Style Report: For the Gents
The Man and the Navy Blue Suit
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Allow me to introduce myself to all of you men out there and I am so sorry that I have neglected you in my past columns. But I figured why would you be reading The Style Report when you could be increasing your portfolio with The Wall Street Journal? Well now it's time to increase your wardrobe with a bit of dash. I am going to go easy on you and focus on your suiting attire… WHAT? You balk. Yes, I have been in enough of my male clientele’s closets to know that you have more suits then days in the week to wear them but as my readers know… I tell it like it is.
So gentlemen, we are going beyond your basic blue gabardine suit.
Here are three options:
The Deal Closer Suit
Try a soft gray glen-plaid suit with a two-button slim fit jacket and slim fit flat-front cuffed trousers. The coloration of the suit is so dynamic that you might want to play it down with solid white shirt and small patterned tie in varying shades of blue.
As winter approaches add a bit of texture like a cashmere-flannel blend three-button suit in navy blue, keep the fit slim with smooth straight lines. Throw on a cobalt blue chevron shirt paired with a grey and burgundy silk tie and I promise you will get noticed.
The Heather Blue Pinstripe Suit
Compared to a wider chalk stripe, it will not overwhelm your body. Go for a classic small check or solid shirt and patterned tie.
The Herringbone Suit
This has the look of the ribbed twill in alternating yet coordinating colored yarns and will always be a classic. To stay current and look your best, invest in the look of the slim fit and straighter leg pant. This year the look of a solid shirt in a variation of strong deep colors with a short wide split collar is the way to go as well.
The Right Fit
Maybe you are bigger and do not have the perfect, proportionate, runway model body, not to worry. I find most of the larger men tend to make one crucial mistake: You tend to wear a cut larger than necessary for your structure and what ends up happening is the pant does not fit the waist properly, sags under your bottom instead of fitting it correctly and another Lynn “no no” is that the trousers fall too long; as they should gently break at the top of the shoe.
Pretty much the same deal goes for the suit jacket. Because you are over compensating the shoulders do not fit exactly on your frame and the sleeves are a bit too long so they do not let your shirt cuff show. Perhaps the jacket is too baggy, make sure the length is hitting the bottom of the fly on your trousers.
How many men out there wonder where the tie should fall? It should just meet the belt.
I guess what I am saying here is to give GQ some face time once in a while and take notice of the wonderful bounty of new looks that you can add to your wardrobe. Your colleagues and loving partners will take notice. I promise that you will look and feel like the man that you were always meant to be. Confidence goes a long way.
When in doubt, I am just a question away — your very own go-to girl!
Where to snag a few of these suits?
Ralph Lauren, Greenwich
Richards/Mitchells, Greenwich, Westport
Family Britches, New Canaan
Brooks Brothers, Westport
Saks Fifth Avenue, Stamford
Conquer the World
Lynn Cesaria is a fashion maven, image consultant and personal shopper. Known for her no-nonsense attitude, her unerring eye and her Fashion 911 house calls to her clientele. Lynn has also owned and operated LRC Photography for over 20 years. She is based in Fairfield County but available to transform people worldwide!
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